Hunt for Wolverine #1
Story: Charles Soule
Art: David Marquez, Paulo Siqueira
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Walden Wong, Ruth Redmond
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Art: Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin
Variant Covers: Marco Checcetto, Elizabeth Torque, Nolan Woodard, Adam Kubert, Dan Brown, Mike Deodato, Morry Hollowell
Editors: Jordan D. White, Mark Paniccia
Assistant Editors: Annalise Bissa, Christina Harringnton
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan’s death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine’s return are laid down here… who will solve it first?
Laura Perlman serves up peak Gamora in the latest issue of her namesake comic. Things come to a head in this issue of the arc, we are treated to all manner of chaos and action as the Ubilex gets more and more unstable with interactions and the environment itself. Gamora finds a family of sorts and the princess finds her own way but, as expected nothing is as it seems. Perlman goes deep into Gamora’s back story, explores her motivations and, weaves an amazing tale of not only Gamora but all of the main characters occupying her storyline.
If the story itself wasn’t enough to get you hooked, Marco Checcetto delivers some beautiful artwork that is stylized and pop art like, which goes well with the futuristic, otherworldly story that Perlman is telling. Andres Mossa gives Checcetto’s artwork the perfect color palette to convey the bleakness of the Ubilex’s fate and the dire straits of the people inhabiting the planet. The lines are solid and the muted colors add a richness that syncs up well with the sad story being told.
Perlman gives Gamora agency and puts her front and center in her story, showing her weakness & strength and, the way that she interacts with those around her. The story showcases how everything is connected and how every decision has consequences. There are no wasted words or panels and you can foresee the path that is coming through all of the chaos and you find yourself waiting with baited breath to see how it all shakes out. The arc is getting close to reaching its completion and you can see that the moments that will define the hero that Gamora will become are coming.
Overall, Gamora #4 is a solid character story but, it’s not all exposition and character development. There’s a whole lot of action going on and, a sense of realness and urgency. All of the central characters that have appeared in the previous 3 issues make an appearance, alliances are made and destroyed and, there’s a very strong reason to check out the next issue. Perlman tells a compelling story filled with genuine nuance and feeling causing any reader, fan or newcomer to the series, to get caught up in the balanced chaos. The looming destruction of Ubilex provides the perfect parallel and backdrop to the story being told and everything comes together with perfect symmetry making this issue more than worth a read.
Story: Laura Perlman Art: Marco Checcetto Color: Andres Mossa
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy
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This issue picks up where the last one left off, our favorite anti-heroine at the mercy of a doomsday cult on Ubilex contemplating the ways in which she could die. An earthquake and her cultural captor’s unwillingness to accept that nature trumps their space god gives Gamora the chance she needs to destroy them all and free her fellow captive. Meanwhile the last Badoon heir is actually lamenting Gamora because she thinks she can save her and their destinies are tied. The remaining Badoon higher-ups watch Crystal’s conversation with Klaxon and discuss her ability to bear a male heir to rule and, Klaxon strikes a final deal with the Badoons to turn Crystal over in exchange for all the space dust he can carry. Meanwhile, Gamora is using her new friend to find the princess and learns that she’s actually a good kid and that their destinies are tied.
Without going too deep into spoiler territory the story keeps going along the diamond in the rough road and it’s wonderful. This issue unfolds in the best way possible Gamora discovers things about herself and her intended victim that could change her life. Nicole Perlman writes a truly human story full of emotion and rage, the path of both women is set in stone and steeped in their own agency. There is a purpose and focus for them that in its own way passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. Perlman tells a story of family through blood or belonging and it’s beautiful, human and relatable.
Marco Checcetto serves up beautiful artwork that brings Perlman’s story to life. It provides a storyboard like backdrop to an already brilliant story allowing the reader to get caught up in the story itself. His art is like an added character between the facial expressions and the fine details it impossible to look away and his talent makes it so that you could tell what’s going on by just looking at the pictures.
Overall this issue is a hit and like the issues that proceed it, it works well as a stand-alone. The Gamora series seems to make a point of engaging its readers from cover to cover. The creative crew behind it are adept at telling such a compelling story that you can pick up any issue and jump right in, although you will want to read the issues that precede this one if only to hold you over until #4 comes out.
Story: Nicole Perlman Art: Marco Checcetto
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review
Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker.
Set between the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – it has been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young Anakin. Though they have grown closer through training, the road has been a difficult one. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan’s skills will be put to the test. And their relationship will be pushed to the breaking point.
Marvel has been knocking out of the park with their various Star Wars comics and this new limited series is an interesting one focusing on Obi-Wan and Anakin and already adding a lot in their relationship.
The two head out to respond to a distress signal, but it’s some subtle moments that are the more interesting parts. Written by Charles Soule, the comic jumps back and forth between the present story and the past. In the present we’re told that Anakin has doubts about being a Jedi, and in the past his relationship with Palpatine is shown to possibly be even closer than the movies let on. It adds to the much maligned prequels.
Marco Checcetto‘s art is fantastic and that art is enhanced by the coloring of Andres Mossa. The world Obi-Wan and Anakin land on is an interesting winter world with ships that look straight out of a steampunk adventure, the design is really cool and a lot is done in just one issue.
The first issue is another solid entry in the new line of Star Wars comics and looks to add a lot to Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship. Another must get for Star Wars fans.
Story: Charles Soule Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy